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Hutton seizes 'second debut'

Scotland international Alan Hutton was delighted with his 'second debut' for Aston Villa as part of the club's much-changed squad.

Five new summer recruits, including Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez who arrived on Friday, have joined players restored to first team contention by manager Paul Lambert after long periods of inactivity.

They include 29-year-old defender Hutton who has been brought back into the fold and made his first competitive appearance under Lambert on Saturday after two seasons of being frozen out and playing on loan.

Hutton played a part in a determined Villa defence as a goal from Andreas Weimann gave them a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Reflecting on the victory, Hutton said: "First and foremost you have to defend well, and to get a clean sheet was brilliant. All the boys are happy enough.

"It is unbelievable to come away from the Britannia Stadium with a win, being as hard a place as it is to get three points.

"And with it also being a second debut for myself, it was brilliant.

"Obviously it is difficult (being out of the first team for so long), but you just work hard and try your best, and when you get given a chance you have to take it."